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Best available running backs on the Week 4 waiver wire

Myles Gaskin stands out as one of our top waiver wire targets at the running back position ahead of Week 4.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick looks to hand the ball off to running back Myles Gaskin against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second half at TIAA Bank Field. Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

There are some running backs widely available that either have good matchups heading into Week 4 or had successful Week 3 performances under a new offense. With that in mind, here are five RBs with under 50% ownership at traditional fantasy football leagues that managers can consider picking up in their leagues.

Myles Gaskin, Miami Dolphins (47 percent)

Miles Gaskin is a fantasy football star in the making, so be sure to pick him up if you have a shaky running back situation. He’s accounted for 44.7 percent of the Dolphins’ rushing attempts and leads Miami with 243 yards from scrimmage. He leads Miami in receptions with 15, and it’s only a matter of time before he starts getting in the end zone.

Jeff Wilson Jr., San Francisco 49ers (22 percent)

That’s right, Jeff Wilson season is upon us. Injuries to Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman gave the third-year running back a chance to split work with Jerick McKinnon in Week 3, and he capitalized on his newfound opportunities by scoring two touchdowns against the Giants. While his 12 carries for 15 yards left a lot to be desired, he stole a touchdown run from McKinnon and also caught three passes for 54 yards and a score. Wilson will likely split carries 50-50 with McKinnon moving forward and should be plenty involved out of the backfield as a pass catcher as well.

Frank Gore, New York Jets (17 percent)

Gore is the Jets’ top running back at 37 years old. Le’Veon Bell’s put him in this position, and he’s getting plenty of touches for a Jet team that’s spread very thin. Gore is averaging 18 carries per game as a starter. While his yards per carry haven’t been great, he’s worth throwing in a flex spot. There’s no way he’ll give you a goose egg on the stat shee with his level of exposure.

Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots (11 percent)

Burkhead erupted for two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 3. He won’t blow you away with gaudy rushing stats, but his PPR upside should remain high if James White continues to miss time. Burkhead has been targeted 16 times in his last two games and hauled in 11 of those passes.

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Brian Hill, Atlanta Falcons (2 percent)

Hill essentially matched Todd Gurley’s stat line in Week 3 with five fewer touches. He tallied nine carries for 58 yards and a score and logged a 22-yard reception. Quinn has said that Hill has been earning more time by excelling in practice, and Atlanta’s receiving corps has been weakened yet again by a Russell Gage concussion. The Falcons couldn’t do much of anything with Calvin Ridley as the only reliable target on the field, so they could pivot to the run game.